When addressing the acoustical considerations of a studio the quality of the recording is as much dependent on the design of the room as it is on the equipment. The equipment is, of course, paramount. Without a properly engineered system of components and the selection and placement of speakers, the audio system cannot provide the optimum reproduction of a recorded or received audio signal. These items are identified as ‘active’ systems, in acoustic terminology.
Controlling the reverberation (“echoyness”) of the room will eliminate distortion that can compromise the performance of even the best engineered electronic components. Since this part of the design is often the least understood, it is either frequently overlooked or managed improperly when considered at all. The proper placement of absorbent and reflective materials and the understanding of the performance properties of these materials are essential to achieving a desired end result. That goal is to provide a true and clean reproduction of the original sound.
The isolation of the studio from adjacent space is a very important design consideration of the space. This isolation requires a great deal of attention in the design and construction stages of a project. It can be very disruptive and expensive problem to address after the fact.